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Laslo Boyd: A Time of Reflection and Recommitment

By: Laslo Boyd  This week marks the celebration of both Passover and Easter.  These two religious observations are among the most important days of the year to Jews and Christians throughout the world. Last week saw the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, legislation which brought fundamental changes in the legal protections provided to African Americans in the United States. Commemorations of the past are opportunities to reflect upon the significance of prior events for today’s world.  In some cases, they also can be motivation for recommitting to goals and values that were once so clearly important but may have become taken for granted over time. I was reminded of a song, “Pass It On”, which was originally part of a documentary about the union movement in the 1960s.Freedom never came like a bird on the wingNever came down like rain in springFreedom, freedom, what a... Continue reading
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Donald Fry: Annapolis recognizing the need to strengthen business climate

By: Donald C. Fry  This year, lawmakers in the Maryland General Assembly signaled a growing awareness of the reality that, despite Maryland’s many strengths as a place to do business; there is work to do on the issue of competitiveness if our state is to convert its significant advantages into strong economic growth. In January, I attended the announcement by Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch of a joint legislative agenda for business and economic development. Many of the initiatives reflect core pillars for economic competitiveness compiled by Greater Baltimore Committee business and civic leaders in the GBC’s 2010 “Gaining a Competitive Edge” report.   Here’s a summary of legislation on their joint agenda that passed during the 2014 session, which adjourned last Monday: Cyber seed investment fund. Lawmakers passed bills sponsored by Senator James E. DeGrange, D-Anne Arundel and Delegate Pamela Beidle, D-Anne Arundel,  establishing a cyber... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: A Candidate Focused on His Day Job

By: Laslo Boyd  The 2014 Maryland General Assembly session is now in the record books and the members of the legislature – as well other public officials – can turn either to campaigning for the June primary election or contemplating retirement. As Josh Kurtz pointed out on Tuesday in this space, an unusually large number of members of the General Assembly have decided not to return in 2015. Others likely will have that decision made for them by the voters in June or November.  Candidates for statewide office can now focus all their attention on campaigning, including fundraising.  Given that voters are not yet paying much attention to elections and the prospect that turnout in June may be stunningly low, it is interesting to ask whether any candidate actually helped him or herself during the legislative session. However, if one of the significant ways in which a candidate demonstrates readiness for... Continue reading
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Center for Working Families - Valerie Ervin (Part 3)

Center for Working Families Executive Director Valerie Ervin continues her conversation with Center Maryland on the consequences of income inequality. She is joined by guest co-host Jeffrey Slavin, who is the Mayor of Somerset in Montgomery County.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Auld Lang Syne

By: Josh Kurtz  Monday night wasn’t just Sine Die for the Maryland General Assembly. It was also Auld Lang Syne for more than one-quarter of the legislature’s members. Even before voters have their say in the June primary and the November general election, seven senators and 43 delegates are leaving their chambers voluntarily – some to run for different offices, others to retire from politics altogether. Some may are hoping to return to Annapolis next year as governor or lieutenant governor. And 11 House members are looking to move up to the Senate. When his political life ended, the late New York Mayor Ed Koch (D) began writing movie reviews for a chain of weekly newspapers. Rather than rate a movie with stars, he put either a plus or minus sign at the top of every review, depending on how he liked the movie. So in that spirit, we offer brief reviews... Continue reading
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